A great number of people seem confused on this point, so let me clear things up. Colin Kaepernick is kneeling-at the suggestion of a combat veteran, by the way-to protest what Marvin Gaye presciently called almost 50 years ago, "trigger-happy policing." He is protesting neither the flag nor the national anthem-nor you, for that matter. If you need further explanation of what he's about, cast your eyes down to Dallas, where an amazing real-world episode of Kaepernick's grievances is playing out.

Last Thursday, a white Dallas police officer named Amber Guyger walked through an unlocked door and into the wrong apartment on the wrong floor from hers. She thereupon shot to death the real occupant of the apartment, a 26-year-old African-American man named Botham Jean. Guyger has been charged with manslaughter. And here's where the blue-wall crapola really begins to fly. From The Dallas Morning News:

The apartment was dark and when she saw "a large silhouette," Guyger thought she was being burglarized, the affidavit says. Guyger drew her gun, "gave verbal commands that were ignored" and fired twice, investigators wrote. Jean was struck once in the torso. Guyger then called 911 from her cellphone and started giving first aid. She turned on the lights, then returned to the front door and realized the apartment wasn't hers, the affidavit says. She told the 911 operator as well as responding officers that she had thought she was at her apartment when she shot Jean, according to the affidavit.
The Texas Rangers got a search warrant for Jean's apartment because after interviewing Guyger, they believed that "a possibility exists that Subject Jean was expecting an unknown visitor" and that a cellphone or laptop may show evidence of that, according to an affidavit. A return for the warrant shows the Rangers collected an iPhone from the living room. They didn't take Jean's laptop, which they noted was damaged.

Subsequently, the explanation for Guyger's conduct has grown more and more untethered to logic and reality. The apartment was so dark that she couldn't tell if it actually was hers, but she could see well enough to know that Jean "ignored her verbal commands," which she had no right to give in the first place because it was his damn apartment. I guess, from now on, people should obey all home invaders on the off-chance that they might carry a badge.

And, as the lawyers for Botham Jean's family pointed out, there were more than a few clues that should have hipped a trained law-enforcement professional that she was in the wrong apartment.

From The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Merritt added that all indicators should have made it clear to Guyger that it was not her apartment.“Not only at the front of his door (the red rug outside) but all around his apartment. This is his apartment, this wasn’t her apartment,” Merritt said. “There wouldn’t be the same smell. There wouldn’t be the same furniture. There wouldn’t be the same lighting patterns. There would’ve been a number of identifying markers to alert her including the absence of her dog.”

The accused's story smells heavily of fish. Anyway, this should clear up that whole Kaepernick business, but, if you're still baffled by it, consider what would have happened if Botham Jean had acted in self-defense and blown away a white Dallas cop whom he thought was an armed home invader. I suspect the official narrative would be somewhat different.

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